MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay.
Room is based on a bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue and it is probably the best adaptation that one could hope for, with a screenplay by the author and great performances and direction all-around. The book is narrated by Jack, a young boy who shares a world with his Ma that consists of an 11 x 11 foot room. Jack has lived here all of his life and he speaks of "Room" with fondness and love. Ma surrounds him with much love and support, teaching him, reading to him, and caring for his needs while creating a world of imagination. She is able to hold most of their troubles at bay.
The secrets behind this strange world are slowly revealed in the course of the novel, as we learn about the mother's abduction as a teenager and the circumstances that led to this horrific imprisonment. Once a week they are visited by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), their captor, for a conjugal visit (accompanied with supplies); Jack is placed inside a closet to sleep during these times of visitation. The beauty of the book and the film is found in the creative ways Ma protects Jack and sacrifices for his safety. But as Jack begins to ask more and more questions about the world that he sees on their television set (apparently stuck forever on PBS) and their future with Old Nick becomes increasingly more perilous, Ma knows that they will have to make an attempt to escape their confinement.
Brie Larson is wonderful as Ma, tender and loving to her son while being pushed to her emotional limits. 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay does his best in a demanding role that requires him to mature through a series of harrowing events. By the end of this story, both of them will find opportunity to give themselves for the sake of each other, a beautiful example of the love of God for us.
This is a film that is best experienced with as little information as possible (the trailer for this movie took away most of the surprises), so I will respect my readers and continue with no major spoilers.
Brie Larson is the front runner for this year's Oscar (and already the recipient of over thirty awards, including the Golden Globe) and little Jacob Tremblay has won over ten awards, including the broadcast Critics Choice Award).
This is obviously not a film for everyone, but you need to know that this is truly a contemporary version of the power of love to shine in the darkness and of a mother's deep dedication to be that light for her son.
As Christians, we seek to love one another, finding opportunities to model Christ as we go through the struggles of life. Room is a tender testament to the power of love and highly recommended.
Four halos: A story of the power of love in the most challenging of circumstances.
Three pitchforks: Mostly for the dark subject matter; some violence; occasional strong profanity.
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Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
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